Mountain Hiking and Wilderness Camping
Hiking, backpacking, and camping skills will make up a significant part of the Outdoor Educaction 8 learning outcomes. Students learn about hiking, trip planning, and camping skills while developing self-confidence, teamwork and organizational skills. These activities will also be used to incorporate a number of the Science and Social Studies learning outcomes into the program.
Students will receive two full days of alpine ski/snowboard instruction at Whistler/Blackcomb with certified instructors. This is a great opportunity for students new to alpine sports to learn the basics from trained professionals. Students who are already experienced skiers or snowboarders will receive appropriate instruction for their ability level. After these two intitial trips, students will be encouraged to join the VMS Ski/Snowboard Club. The school club usually plans two or three trips each year between January and March.
Cross Country Skiing
A PE unit on cross country skiing will consist of trips to Manning Park. Students will be instructed in classic technique and gain an appreciation for this great cardiovascular sport.
Snow Shoeing & Winter Camping
Students will do short day hikes and an overnight winter camp using snowshoes. Students will learn specific skills needed to camp in the mountains during winter. Students will have access to four-season tents and winter-rated sleeping bags.
Students will take a five-session belay course at the Project Climbing Centre in Abbotsford. Students will earn belay certification for this gym. The rock climbing unit will culminate with a guided day of introductory rock climbing in Squamish, BC. This unit will take place in the spring.
In addition to hiking, the spring term will see students learning to canoe on Cultus Lake. This unit will culminate with a multi-day canoe adventure at the end of May. Students will learn all of the strokes and skills needed to safely canoe on flat water. Canoeing will also offer many opportunities to incorporate Science and Social Studies.